Euro 2024 draw unveils epic clashes and 'groups of death'

Posted : 02 December 2023

The draw for Euro 2024 unfolded in Hamburg, Germany, setting the stage for a thrilling tournament this summer. European champions Italy found themselves in the challenging Group 2 alongside formidable opponents - Spain, Croatia, and Albania, forming what many are already dubbing the 'group of death.'


Another noteworthy group, Group 5, featured Belgium, Slovakia, and Romania, with the winner of Track 2 of the tournament playoffs set to join them.


Germany, the tournament hosts, were automatically slotted into Group 1 and will commence their campaign against Scotland on June 14. Joining them in this group are Hungary, and Switzerland, securing their place ahead of Israel in the qualifiers.


Group 3 promises a rematch of the previous Euro semi-final between England and Denmark, accompanied by Slovenia and Serbia. Group 4 sets the stage for a riveting clash between France and the Netherlands, alongside Austria and the team advancing from Track 1. Portugal, Turkey, the Czech Republic, and the team progressing from Track 3 will vie for victory in Group 6.


Key clashes during the group stage include Italy facing Spain on June 20 in Gelsenkirchen, England taking on Denmark on June 20, and the Netherlands meeting France on June 21, promising intense battles on the field.


The teams, categorized into tiers based on their qualifying stage performances, were drawn into six groups. Germany, placed in Tier 1 as hosts, automatically joined Group 1. Italy's unexpected entry into the tournament placed them in Tier 4 alongside the three teams to be promoted from the playoffs, including a potential contender like Israel.


The tournament format dictates each group will play three matches, with the top two teams advancing to the final eight, along with the four best third-placed teams.


Israel's path to qualification involves a crucial semi-final against Iceland on March 21 in the promotion playoffs on Track 2. Should they succeed, a faceoff against the winner of Bosnia vs. Ukraine awaits, determining a direct ticket to Germany.


Additionally, Poland, Estonia, Wales, and Finland are vying for a Euro spot via route 1, while track 3 contenders include Georgia, Luxembourg, Greece, or Kazakhstan. The outlined matches in the groups showcase an array of thrilling encounters set to define the tournament's early stages, promising football fans an exhilarating spectacle.


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